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Europe » Austria » Vienna July 1st 2014

Having been told Vienna was an expensive place to visit we were surprised to find an apartment available for our two night stay for only £15 each per night. It included a nice bathroom, kitchen area with hob, microwave, toaster, fridge and kettle and even had a flat screen tv which we used to watch the World Cup games. We had arrived too early to check in so spent a couple of hours at a local bar drinking corona before settling in. All the travelling had started to take its toll and we took the opportunity to sleep for a few hours before going out in the evening. We walked down the side of a river until we reached the centre and thought the cathedral at night was beautiful. McDonald's was one of the few places ... read more

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg July 1st 2014

I’ve lost track of time, half the time I don’t know what date or day of the week it is. Thank goodness for the cell phone. I’d asked Tobias, our exchange student, if we could spend the night at the last minute. But I had the dates wrong on when we would be leaving. Poor people, they didn’t know what to think. We had planned to leave the following morning, we had to be in Salzburg on the 1st. Our apartment was rented from the 1st to the 4th. We saw Tobias and his 2 older girls off, ate breakfast and then were off. The drive to Salzburg was so beautiful; sunny and warm, about 75F. As we got closer to Salzburg the Alps were visible. Farms line the hillsides with what look like “happy cows”. ... read more
Opps, a Speed Limit
Desserts 1st
Walking with a View

Europe » Austria » Styria » Graz July 1st 2014

Of course the day we leave Vienna is the day we wake up to clear blue skies. Today was beautiful and I am, of course, burnt again. We discovered yesterday that Schloss Belvedere was 4 minutes away from our hostel, so we wandered there this morning. What with the blue skies, gorgeous buildings, fountains, the Sun and gardens, it was a relaxing and pretty morning of tourism. We had to pay to go in so we didn't bother but just the outside was great too. Then back to get our rucksacks which I swear weighs more every time I put it on. We had to change at Wien Meidling and Bruck an der Mur and the stretch between the latter and Graz Hauptbahnhof had some of the most idyllic, picturesque and beautiful views I have ever ... read more

Europe » Austria » Styria June 30th 2014

June was busy, June was crowded, June was Croatia – European destination of choice in 2014 for every grey haired caravanner, motorhomer and motorbiker! Or so it seemed to us having just spent the past several weeks in mostly splendid isolation. It was also busy with buses packed with either noisy children or doddery tour groups. If you haven’t worked it out by now we were less than impressed with our time in Croatia. However, now I’ve had my spit I can happily say that the people were very friendly and the campsite facilities were some of the best anywhere. Every one of them had loo paper, soap and sometimes paper towels, and they were cleaned often twice a day. We spent a week pottering down the coast dropping in to see the Bysantine mosaics in ... read more
Remnants of war - approaching Dubrovnik
Walls that saved Dubrovnik
Skyline of Trogir

Europe » Austria » Vienna June 30th 2014

Last night we wondered around the area for ages trying to find dinner, but since it was a Sunday night most places were closed. We ended up having a rather stereotypical Wiener schnitzel and chips for dinner since it was all that was available. The place was rather creatively called The Schnitzel Centre which made my evening. Today was our only full day in Vienna, and although it was very rainy and cloudy, Vienna is beautiful! We couldn't find any open shops last night so we had no breakfast other than the two Brunch bars which Liz had stashed in her bag. As everyone knows, this is not enough for me for breakfast. Liz and my differing eating habits are fast becoming very clear. I got my breakfast in the end though. First we took the ... read more

Europe » Austria June 30th 2014

Finally we are able to log in again and write a blog, but this will be the last one anyway from Europe, as we only have two more nights on our lovely river ship. The trip has been a dream, and we have seen so many wonderful and interesting places. Our only complaint is that we were not able to spend more time in some of the places. Maybe another time. A few days ago, we had an interesting horse and cart ride with wine and singing at the half-way place. Lots of fun. The last few days have been very interesting with firstly a bus trip to a place called Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic. What a beautiful place. It is a UNESCO World Heritage listed city, and on having a tour through it ... read more
During our 7-course dinner one night on the ship.
On the top deck of the boat one night, in one of the largest locks,  waiting  for the water level to rise 24 metres.
Donald with castle in background in Cesky Krumlov

Europe » Austria » Vienna June 29th 2014

Last night we went to see Prague by night. We found a cocktail bar called the Bed Lounge which was so cool, there were these white bed lounging things and the lights changed colour every few minutes. I had a Sex on the Beach and Liz had a Mojito, I felt very adult. Then we went for a walk to see Wenceslas Sqaure by night and got a few good photos. Today (29th June) we got up early (although we slept in by 15 minutes by accident) and we got the train to Vienna. The train journey was five hours long but actually went by quite fast. It was only on the walk to the hostel that the heavens opened and we got soaked. This hostel is more of a chain than the one in Prague, ... read more

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck June 28th 2014

Heute habe ich mir als Innsbruck im Detail angesehen. Zuerst bin ich zur Hofkirche mit dem Grab Andreas Hofers und dem Sarkophag von Kaiser Maximilian I.. Dann bin ich mit der modernen Drahtseilbahn, welche vom Iraker Zaha Hamid entworfen wurde und einer weiteren Bahn zum Hafelekar auf etwa 2200m gefahren. Dieser Architekt hat auch die Bergisel, die Sprungschanze Innsbrucks, entworfen (die habe ich mir aber heute nicht angesehen). Die Aussicht von diesem Berg war phantastisch. Dann bin ich wieder hinuntergefahren und habe dem Sightseeing-Bus zum Schloss Ambras genommen. Dort habe ich auch bei einem Eiskaffee eine Pause gemacht. Dann bin ich wieder in die Innenstadt. Dort war ich im Innenhof der Hofburg, welche da leider schon geschlossen hatte. Anschliessend habe ich mir den St. Jakobs-Dom angesehen und bin natürlich zum Goldenen Dachl. Gleich daneben ist das ... read more
Die Hofkirche
Die Hofburg
Kreuzgang der Hofkirche

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck June 27th 2014

Ich bin wieder auf Reisen. Auch wenn es nur ein Wochenende ist. Ist halt doch schöner als arbeiten. Mein erster Ausflug in die Berge von meiner neuen Heimat München aus. Hinfahrt nach Innsbruck über Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Rückfahrt übermorgen über die Inntalautobahn, so dass ich beide Strecken (mal wieder) kennenlerne. Abfahrt in München kurz nach 16:00, Ankunft hier etwa 18:30. Das Hotel ist wieder schön zentral und hat wohlverdiente gute Bewertungen. Gerade war ich im Weißen Rössl und habe den großen Tiroler Vorspeisenteller gegessen, zusammen mit rotem Hauswein. Jetzt bin ich in der Hotellobby und trinke ein österreichisches "Zipfer"-Bier. Morgen natürlich ausführliche Besichtigung der Stadt. Bis denn.... read more
Mein Hotel in der Innenstadt. Schön und modern. Die Lobby und die Zimmer.

Europe » Austria » Vienna June 25th 2014

We zipped down the Sud Autobahn-A2 from Vienna International airport taking in the sights & sounds of Austrian countryside. As we drove into Baden on an early Sunday morning of a glorious European summer, I simply fell in love with the town. A picturesque place hemmed in by lush green hillocks, verdant meadows and vistas of vineyards, Baden transports one to eternal bliss… To distinguish their town from Baden-Baden of Germany and Baden of Switzerland, Austrians refer to the place as Baden bei Wien (Baden near Vienna). The town located 26 kms. south of Vienna, is at the base of Wienerwald mountain range and surrounded by 120 vineyards. The name, Baden originates from its thermal springs and warm public baths as in German, Baden means to bathe. The town is home to thirteen such warm baths ... read more
Josefsplatz, downtown Baden
Tram to Vienna
The Rosarium, Baden




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